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An Exploration of the History behind Perceptions of Intersex People in America Presentation by Joanie Gentile
Intro to Presentation This presentation is an exploration of the history of intersex people in America from 1620 until 1960. The presentation is based of Elizabeth Reis’s article “ I mpossible Hermaphrodites: Intersex in America, 1620-1960”
Intro to Presentation Continued This presentations aims to provide an overview of the main points and arguments of Reis’s article as well as providing information on the most important case studies and publications discussed in the article
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Aristotle’s Masterpiece ,[object Object],[object Object]
Masterpiece Image from Aristotle's Master-Piece, 1697
Masterpiece Continued This publication suggested that the thoughts and actions of pregnant women could result in birth deformities (including intersex births) Image from Showhistory.com
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Conclusions on Hall As Reis points out, the courts decision was probably not a case of a progressive court accepting intersex people, but more likely the court trying to make Hall out as a public embarrassment discouraging others to follow his/her example.   Image from Uen.org
“ A Mechanical and Critical Enquiry into the Nature of Hermaphrodites” (1741 ) ,[object Object],[object Object]
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Parsons Conclusions He concluded that a sex must be chosen for all intersex babies based on the the male or female anatomy they most closely matched.
1800’s-1900’s ,[object Object],[object Object]
1800’s-1900’s Continued Even with the advances in medicine, intersex people still carry the stigma of monsters and are generally viewed as deceitful, untrustworthy, and unnatural people.   Image from letthedogin.com
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References Reis, Elizabeth.  I mpossible Hermaphrodites: Intersex in America, 1620-1960. The Journal of American History  92 (2005): 411-441.  Print.  reis-intersex-us-1620-1960.pdf

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  • 1. An Exploration of the History behind Perceptions of Intersex People in America Presentation by Joanie Gentile
  • 2. Intro to Presentation This presentation is an exploration of the history of intersex people in America from 1620 until 1960. The presentation is based of Elizabeth Reis’s article “ I mpossible Hermaphrodites: Intersex in America, 1620-1960”
  • 3. Intro to Presentation Continued This presentations aims to provide an overview of the main points and arguments of Reis’s article as well as providing information on the most important case studies and publications discussed in the article
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  • 11. Masterpiece Image from Aristotle's Master-Piece, 1697
  • 12. Masterpiece Continued This publication suggested that the thoughts and actions of pregnant women could result in birth deformities (including intersex births) Image from Showhistory.com
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  • 17. Conclusions on Hall As Reis points out, the courts decision was probably not a case of a progressive court accepting intersex people, but more likely the court trying to make Hall out as a public embarrassment discouraging others to follow his/her example. Image from Uen.org
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  • 20. Parsons Conclusions He concluded that a sex must be chosen for all intersex babies based on the the male or female anatomy they most closely matched.
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  • 22. 1800’s-1900’s Continued Even with the advances in medicine, intersex people still carry the stigma of monsters and are generally viewed as deceitful, untrustworthy, and unnatural people. Image from letthedogin.com
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  • 30. References Reis, Elizabeth. I mpossible Hermaphrodites: Intersex in America, 1620-1960. The Journal of American History 92 (2005): 411-441.  Print.  reis-intersex-us-1620-1960.pdf